Ergonomics

5th Avenue Chiropractic, PLLC

Chiropractors located in Midtown, New York, NY

Accurate ergonomic assessment and effective workplace precautions can prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders from developing. The team at 5th Avenue Chiropractic, located in the Midtown West area of New York City, offers complete ergonomic and workstation assessments, both in-office and on-site. For an evaluation and recommendations to help you avoid long-term, work-related injury, call or book an appointment online.

Ergonomics Q & A

What is ergonomics?

Ergonomics is a science-based study of how to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). This discipline includes specially designed products, equipment, and processes that lower your risk of injury related to:

  • Heavy lifting
  • Heavy pulling or pushing
  • Unnatural, awkward body movements
  • Frequent, repetitive bending or reaching
  • Repetitive small or large movements

Ergonomics can educate employers on how to provide proper equipment to their employees and equip employees to protect themselves from long-term complications and disabilities related to MSDs.

What are some musculoskeletal disorders?

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders lead to injuries to muscles, ligaments, bones, and tendons. The experts at 5th Avenue Chiropractic work to prevent these disorders through their thorough knowledge of risks and proper habits, and equipment that decreases strain and misuse of the musculoskeletal system.   

Preventable MSDs include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Muscle or ligament strain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Low back or neck injury
  • Herniated or ruptured disc

Identifying the personal and workspace risk factors that place you at elevated risk in the workplace can help you know what role you can play in protecting yourself.

What increases my risk for MSDs?

Increased risk factors of MSDs can be a combination of potentially damaging, work-related processes and poor work habits.

Workspace

Workspace-related risk factors include activities that require increased force or repetitive movements or those that don’t support proper posture and body mechanics.

Personal

Personal risk factors that you may contribute include poor work practices, poor fitness levels, and poor eating habits.

A professional ergonomic assessment can help identify both work-related and personal habits that are placing you at higher risk.

What is an ergonomic assessment?

An ergonomic assessment evaluates how your workspace, work practices, and personal habits can contribute to your increased risk for MSDs. This involves determining what movements and activities you do regularly as part of your job requirements, effectiveness and safety of your workspace, and what MSDs pose the highest risk for you.

The team also performs a workspace assessment using a picture of you sitting at your desk, or by doing on-site corporate workspace assessments for employers. The 5th Avenue Chiropractic team inspects your workspace and your posture to identify any areas of concern.

Using the information they gather from your assessment, the team makes recommendations about what you and your employer can do to reduce your MSD risks. This may include:

  • Change in chair, desk, or equipment position
  • Changes in workflow or specific processes
  • Addition of work-related, ergonomic products
  • Posture changes
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Regular massage therapy
  • Regular chiropractic adjustment
  • Exercises, stretches, or activity suggestions
  • Periods of rest or timed breaks

For an ergonomic assessment, call or book an appointment online with 5th Avenue Chiropractic.